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Mech Warrior - Marauder by Shimmering-Sword Mech Warrior - Marauder by Shimmering-Sword
The product of tonights LiveStream. Went in without any plans, aside from to make an entry for The-mech-warriors competition.
This came out, don't think I've ever polished a piece this much in one sitting, the power of mecha got me though :)

A Marauder heavy mech from battletech, firing a pair of PPCs and Medium Lasers.
Due to the original being a pull from macross, the canon design has gone through a lot of changes in it's life. With my painting I aimed to bring together the feel of the original, with some modernization of the re-seen version, some IIC details made it in too.
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:iconbishopsteiner:
Easily my favorite Marauder piece from you.

Biggest thing, and it might simply be the pòse and perspective, it's the most agile and menacing looking version. The lore descriptions implied a leanness that added to it's aggressive and alien look. The canopy on this, especially from this angle help lend it that air.

Also appreciated are the visible and thus vulnerable torso rotation ring and base on the Autocannon. To me the weapon pods look more in scale to what I ension of a Marauder.

The pose is probably the number one aspect that gives it that dynamic feel to me, as well as the weapons fire. If there were a knock on that aspect, there is something from the position or possible just the shape of the autocannon barrel that feels off, for lack of a more precise term, feels a little melty. Maybe just a slight physical separation, being a skosh higher on above the hull, would change that.

Line work I enjoy a lot aside from that minor criticism, and while it lacks some of the technical details of some pieces, I would say that being too technical would actual bog down the energy of the piece, as something in motion is rarely seen with extreme clarity, anyhow. That goes for the more organic, less machine precise nature of the line work itself. All of it just adds to the dynamism of the piece in general.

Colors are good, and the choice if toxic greens for the atmosphere makes the Wolfs Dragoons color scheme jump out, as well as just a nice contrast and alien planet feel to the background in general. Love that the mech's paintjob itself is largely simple and uncluttered, the antithesis to the repaints often seen (and I am often guilty of!) in the MWO Forums. Again, it adds to the feel of motion.

In all, I would say, great lines, color usage and a ton of energy to the piece giving it a animalistic fluidity. Minor knock on the AC, but not enough to detract from the piece as a whole.

Or in laymans terms, I love it!
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I would have to agree with Bishop. Hands down one of your best Marauder Designs. By completely changing the torso into more of a Cataphract / Avatar style tors you can side step a lot of the legal issues with the original marauder. But the real genius comes from incorporating a lot of the marauders defining features.

The top mounted gun, the vents on the side and the extruding bubble cockpit. All great choices. I felt the technique was a little lacking, not that it's not fantastic it's just it doesn't feel like it's up to your usual standards.

If you ever get around to designing a 3D model or even a few more illustrations of this concept from different angles I would definitely go hit MWO over the head with the design. Give Alex a run for his money.

Peace out sir
-BA
"Carrioncrows"
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ManganMan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Photographer
Yeah...
Marauder is my Mech of choice.
Great job as always Mr. Scroggins :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconthegalacticstormcast:

My frigin childhood!

I loved Mech Warrior 4 Vengence to death! It'd be great to see Microsoft remake these games.

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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Way cooler than the Macross mech it was based off.
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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Guess what happens when you take off the top cannon and add two shoulder mounted LRM20 launchers.
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Shadewolfe Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Last proper Mechwarrior/Battletech table-top campaign I played too long ago, my character James Wolfe (no relation, just happened to be an RP name I sometimes used for military themed characters) upgraded from the classic Enforcer into a salvaged Marauder. At the time we had just started salvaging Clan tech and it became the test platform for integrating Clan tech with Inner Sphere tech.

So a couple of salvage runs and skirmishes later I had my finished MAD-5D modified, "Mad Raptor." Dropped the AC/5 and ammo for Jump Jets (5/8/5 Heavy Mech!), and got a full conversion to Clan Heatsinks. I may or may not have found some Clan PPC's to swap out, don't quite remember. I also added some armor to some key spots but that's the basic jist of it.
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TheGobo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
This pic is beautiful,
but it makes me feel old playing the old school Mech Warriors 2 as a Merc'
And then playing with the action figures
lol
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Old isn't so bad :P
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:iconthegobo:
TheGobo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Aye, true XD
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DoodleScout Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconiloveitplz: Ooooh, man. You have just given me flash-backs of awesomeness with this beautiful work. Haven't played my Mech games in forever. Love the Marauder, and love your work. Extremely well done, yo. :icongreatjobplz:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Going to be joining in one the MWO bandwagon?
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Thorgar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
nice reseen
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Though not as good as my new version.
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MechWarrior1997 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Awesome!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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StarshipCaptainRoehm Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alway's loved the Marauder
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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a-schlag Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
that one always reminded me of a unicorn camel
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PaladinMagnus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Awsome work! Nothing is more badass then a dragoon in battle. XD Awsome job with the lazers as well, very pretty!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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GraySho Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The coolest Marauder redesign Ive ever seen, and even better than the original.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Recently I did another version, not a full painting, but a little better designed. Just haven't uploaded.
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ninjaGHOSTcat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love Mech-warriors to death
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woot!
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ninjaGHOSTcat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mech-warriors!!!
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I wish the Marauder took up less of the image. This piece makes an excellent wallpaper, and I have it set as the homescreen background on my tablet, but everything from the cockpit up gets cut off in landscape mode. :(
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You could crop the bottom off to make the top show (so long as you don't re-upload :))
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Unfortunately, that's not how it works. The top and bottom get cut off in landscape mode. Cropping the image just gives me less image to work with. Android hates all the good images; you'd think they could have made it more flexible by now.

Oh well; I'm sure something else equally awesome will turn up, and I won't stop loving this one.
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty epic job
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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zero98204 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A brilliant re-imagining of the classic! Man I'd hate to see this bad mutha on the other side of the field!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Ya know, I was just thinking, this would be the perfect art to use to make a new mini for pre-project phoenix marauders. It has most of the same character as the original marauder artwork, but is different enough to not be something from macross.

I do love the reseen, but it looks nothing like the original and the fluff does nothing for the older models. THis captures the spirit of it though.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, the new ones are nice on their own, but never really maintained the feeling of the original.
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LongBow986 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks fantastic, even moreso with the Wolf's Dragoons emblem on the left leg =D :+favlove:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Who wouldn't love clan mercenaries :)
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Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
The background is incredible!
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Rinzler32 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
the marauder is one of my favorite mech designs. ever
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yea.
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CEscudero Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
woahhhh!!!!!!!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:la:
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Hands down the greatest Battlemech ever designed. :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
*cough* greatest battlemech ever copied :P
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:lmao:
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koriroxx Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the details and the colors used.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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StrangeOctopus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing detailing! Love the planet in the background. C:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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StrangeOctopus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure thing.
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